Exhibition Explores Concepts of Blackness Through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists

Posted on February 25, 2022

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Professor of Dance Duane Cyrus is the guest curator for “Black@Intersection: Contemporary Black Voices in Art” presented by the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).

In January 2021, SECCA posted an open call for guest curator submissions, seeking new voices and new perspectives for a collaborative exhibition showcasing work being produced in response to the current moment, primarily the onset of and quarantine surrounding COVID-19 and the protests and events surrounding the death of George Floyd and the wider Black Lives Matter movement.

“We divided the exhibition into four different themes. There was vision, lens, corporeal, and the Resistance Project.  Vision is about  a different type of Blackness – Afro-futurism, a Black imaginative. Lens is an idea for us of current moment. Of course, that includes Black Lives Matter and the pandemic, so we selected works we felt were a look at what’s happening now.  Corporeal looks at our bodies in the range of the beauties we can be and not just one type, certainly not the Eurocentric version of what Blackness could be but a range of who we are. The Resistance Project highlights Black women artists, scholars and activists.

You’ll notice not everything is about trauma. It’s certainly something we need to speak to, but it’s not all about that.”

Take a tour of some of the art with curator Duane Cyrus, by clicking on each of the artist links below.

Duane Cyrus –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A3goa3RT-g

Cameron Ugbodu – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86Nd6fxWVOo

Ibou Ndoye – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-_TAmATwy8

Jasmine Best – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa7T17ue8ow

Ransome – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_3cCMgwPH0

Read more about the exhibition here.

The exhibition will be on view until April 17th.

Story and photo/videos by Terri W. Relos

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